Posts tagged #Fall

September is coming! September is coming!


Friends, August is almost over.

I'm just letting you know because it definitely snuck up on me. The Mister and I were chatting the other night about plans for Labor Day weekend, and when I mentioned how far away it was... He just looked at me like I was oblivious (bc I was) and politely informed that it was next week. NEXT WEEK PEOPLE. And I fell out of my chair from the shock of it all... Where does time go? Seriously. I'm pretty sure August just started... how can it be ending so soon???

All that to say... 

September is coming... THE FALL IS COMING!!!!!

Fall means a lot of different things to different people. But one of the things I LOVE about fall is the food (duh). None of you are surprised by that, I know. So last week when it dipped below 70 those few days, I may or may not have pre-gamed a bit and made the first batch of chili this year. A little premature... I know. But I just got SO excited about the cool weather! I was tempted to break out my fall decor to celebrate, but we're currently staging our house and prepping for putting it on the market so since less is best, I only put out a few things.  



Yup, my two FAVORITE fall candles from Bath & Body Works (Leaves and Autumn) and my football decal for the Happy Everything Plate. Seriously, these items just make my heart flutter. Speaking of football... We are 1 week away from NC STATE's first home football game. To say our family is excited is probably a gross understatement. We may or may not have the girls' outfits already picked out. And we're starting to recruit babysitters for late evening games. Seriously... I told you we're excited.  

All this to say... FALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. And this mama's heart is excited by thoughts of crisp evenings, the beautiful Raleigh tree line, cobblers, babies in hoodies, soups, exploring a pumpkin patch, and the potential to break out my boots. Oh and being able to run without feeling like you're being suffocated by the humidity will also be nice! ;)

And right after FALL is the HOLIDAY season... Heaven help the Mister... this is my FAVORITE time of year. People, we're on the brink of my giddy season, so yall be warned and watch out. The blog could potentially have an obnoxious amount of spice and glitter. I'll try to keep it to a minimum... but I'm not making any promises. 

Enjoy these last few days of August! 



The Holidays are HERE


Oh my goodness!!!! If you don't know me... you need to know this...


Like I legitimately go bananas over them.

And they're here. THEY ARE HERE. 99.5 is playing Christmas music. I have pecan pies in the oven, cookies on the table and my family is slowly trickling in. The holiday season has arrived.

I don't think you understand how happy this makes me. But I am REALLY REALLY REALLY happy right now.

Like this happy...

Babies are being tended to by family... I mean just look at these nuts... they're pretty happy about life right now.

It's going to be a great weekend folks. Simply amazing.

That's right people, it's my first year hosting Thanksgiving for my family and the Mister's parents. Don't be so impressed - my mom has been helping all week (she came in early so she wouldn't have to share the babies) and we're totally using disposable plates for Thanksgiving dinner. ha! I had hopes and dreams of a table fit for pinterest, but with baby girls here... we just decided the less dishes the better. We're going the comfy route instead of fancy - which if you know our families, is a significantly better fit. Although seriously, one day I'm definitely going to make one of those chalk board table settings... One day I'll get to my pinterest party board, one day... Maybe when the girls are in college...

Anyways, lots of firsts. Babies' first Thanksgiving. Momma's first Turkey Trot (& my first 3.1 mile run post-babies... we'll see how that goes). First thanksgiving with both sets of parents. Babies first Christmas tree is going up FRIDAY.

AHHHH i'm so excited. :)

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, that is FOR SURE!

I hope you and yours are counting your blessings this year. I know that for some, the holiday season is a hard one. For some of you this is a first Thanksgiving without a beloved family member, a child, a parent, a friend. Or perhaps you have a friend and family member fighting for their life right now. I know we have many friends with children or parents fighting cancer this holiday season & I just can't imagine. UGH. And just so you know, you are not forgotten. We are praying peace, hope, and joy over you despite your time of grief. You are not forgotten - you are not overlooked. We are interceding on your behalf and praying that this holiday season will be one of joy and peace despite your circumstances.

Much love to you all!



Posted on November 21, 2012 and filed under Family, Food, Things I love---, Twinsies.

Fall Favs & Photo Friday

All right - I'm trying to start doing a Photo Friday every week to capture some sweet moments of the girls even when I don't have a lot of time to blog. But I haven't posted since last week so this is a combo post (photos of the girls are at the bottom if you have zero desire to actually entertain my rantings ;)). And yes, it's being posted on Friday evening... barely. I'm trying people... Trying... but blogging isn't quite on the top of my list these days. Cleaning poopy diapers and being a milk cow are somewhat semi-consuming. All that to say... I'm trying. :) And holy cow... time has FLOWN by! It's fall?!?!?! Glory hallelujah. But really, I'm slightly confused how I skipped August and September - but evidently it's mid October and I'm rolling with it because it feels amazing here in RDU.

The weather isn't the only thing that makes my heart happy about fall.  Fall means that it's time to break out a few of my favorite things. (It's also pre-holiday season... which is my ABSOLUTE favorite!) But that's for another day, another blog post. SO without further adieu... here are a few of my fav fall things:

First - fall decor. Yes please. I took a trip to Home Goods not too long ago and picked up a few things to scatter around the home.

And of course, the happy everything plate has to change along with the seasons!

And how can it actually be fall without a trip to the fair??? No - we did not take our babies. I can't think of anything more traumatizing... Taking our colicky babies, who are still not even 3 weeks past their due date (but actually 12 weeks old), to a germ infested location full of crowds, crazies, and e-coli. No. Thank. You. My blood pressure would sky rocket and we don't need that. :) Mil & Pil came and watched the girls while we went on a double with some sassy friends from our small group from church. Oh the good times were rolling.

Also to kick off the fall taste buds, I tried my first attempt at homemade applesauce with apples from our local farmer's market. I would take a picture of it, but it's all gone... except for a bag in the freezer. Whoops. Obviously this Pinterest crockpot recipe was a HIT. I made a few adjustments, lemon juice instead of actual lemon peel... etc. But the basic concept was a perfect fit for us. I highly recommend it!

And speaking of the farmer's market - some of my family came in for a quick visit this week and we took at trip to the market! And my sweet nephews got to meet their twin cousins for the first time. So fun!! :)

Then last but not least... What's fall without Pumpkins & Mums??? Really there isn't much better.

Actually I'm wrong... Pumpkin and chocolate all in one cookie is brilliantly better. This recipe from Pinterest was a hit in our home!

And actually... I'm wrong again... Pumpkins on babies is definitely the bestest.

Don't even try to tell me I'm wrong about that one. :) Pumpkins + Babies = Amazing. Happy Fall everyone!

Much love,

Posted on October 19, 2012 and filed under Food, Recipes.